Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation Committee
I, and also on behalf of Senator Carr, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) an essential function of the Senate is to scrutinise the law-making power that the Parliament has delegated to the executive and to hold the executive to account in this regard,
(ii) since 1932 the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation has operated in a bipartisan and consensual manner to support the Senate in this role by assessing all disallowable delegated legislation against its longstanding scrutiny principles, which were most recently endorsed by the Senate in November 2019, and
(iii) to effectively fulfil its mandate the committee relies on the constructive and timely engagement of ministers and agencies on the technical scrutiny concerns raised by the committee;
(b) calls on all ministers and agencies to:
(i) respond to the committee's requests for information in relation to its technical scrutiny concerns within the timeframes set by the committee, and
(ii) implement undertakings made to the committee in a timely manner; and
(c) calls on all shadow ministers to actively consider comments made by the committee in relation to delegated legislation made in their portfolios.
Question agreed to.